Mission Statement

To provide psychometric, technical and administrative services in the administration and delivery of clinical licensure examinations in dentistry and dental hygiene. CITA will demonstrate integrity and fairness as it provides assistance to state boards of dentistry in their mission to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by assuring that only competent and qualified individuals are allowed to practice dentistry and dental hygiene.

Special Announcement For Dental Candidates

We are excited to share that the Board of Directors of CITA has voted to administer the ADEX clinical dental licensure examination for the upcoming 2014 testing season.

A national licensure examination for both Dental and Dental Hygiene, has long been a goal of many involved in clinical licensure processes, and with this most recent development, dental students and test takers will have mobility and recognition in 46 jurisdictions, thus making this exam a true national dental exam.

The similarities of the CITA and the ADEX examinations far overshadow the differences. CITA will continue to administer a candidate friendly and orderly examination and looks forward to the   continued opportunity to improve those services provided to its affiliated academic institutions.

The ADEX examination for dental candidates, which will be administered by CITA, is recognized for licensure in a total of forty-five (45) states/territories/districts The CITA exam, which was administered through 2013 for dental candidates, is recognized for licensure in a total of twenty six (26) states/territories.

Special Announcement For Dental Hygiene Candidates (2-10-2014)

In 2014, CITA will offer a new and improved CITA Dental Hygiene exam which has been moved to an electronic scoring format. Dental Hygiene candidates will see little difference from the 2013 CITA dental hygiene exam. The primary differences are as followed:

  • There will be No oral assessment
  • Candidates will be able to choose the teeth they probe. They no longer will be assigned
  • The exam will be electronically scored
  • Results will be posted as soon as the end of the exam week-end
  • Some forms may temporarily reflect Periodontal instead of Hygiene. Thank you for your patience as we transition all of our forms for the 2014 Hygiene exam.

The Dental Hygiene National Boards will continue to be required for CITA status. Candidates should request a copy of their score be mailed directly to the CITA office.

2014 CITA Dental Hygiene Manual

Clinical Licensure Examinations

SchoolsCITA adminsters dental and dental hygiene clinical licensure examinations at: the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham, AL; the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, LA; the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC; Guilford Technical Community College (hygiene only) in Jamestown, NC; and the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry (dental only) in San Juan,PR.

The CITA examination is recognized for licensure in a total of forty-five (45) states/territories. West Virginia State Board of Dental Examiners

CITA Member States

ADEX 45 Recognizing Jurisdictions

CITA 26 Recognizing Jurisdictions